To usher prosperity through its 720km long coastline, Maharashtra plans to develop India’s second world-class marina at Belapur in Navi Mumbai. The project is conceptualised by Maharashtra Maritime Board, a govt of Maharashtra enterprise which looks after the maritime activities and development in the western state. The project has been mulled several times, but it failed to draw attention from marina development contractors earlier.
The eastern side of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai is expected to transform with multi-billion rupees projects like Mumbai Port Trust land redevelopment, Mumbai – Panvel elevated corridor, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Sea Link that connects Navi Mumbai International Airport, a marine drive along with an ecological green park and Sewri – Elephanta caves ropeway project. Development of world class marina in Belapur would add to Mumbai’s tourism potential. There are even plans to start ferries connecting Belapur to Vasai via Thane creek.
To attract tourists, there is a plan to develop an aquarium will be built to display the rich marine flora and fauna of Arabian Sea. There will be huge parking space and a connectivity with NMMT buses. As a project component, the developer will have to provide these facilities – Berthing facility, shore fuelling, boat storage, launching of boats, boat fuelling dock, water treatment plant, waste oil recycling, boat repair facility, walkway bridge, dry storage facility, battery recharge hubs and waste management facilities. Since the marine is covered under Coastal Regulation Zone, all facilities will have covered under the consent of Ministry of Environment and Forest.
Ocean Blue has bagged the Belapur marina development contract from Maharashtra Maritime Board. Ocean Blue is India’s largest boating group, with diverse interests across Products, charters, marina development & management, yacht management Service Centers, water sports and leisure & commercial boat manufacturing. The company has also built Kochi International Marina, which is currently only marina present in India. With the positive approach by the state towards mass rapid transport via sea and Sagarmala, the marina project is expected to be operational by May 2018.
– Chaitanya Kulkarni